Gooseberries are so healthy
Although the gooseberry probably originally grew in Asia, the robust berries managed to take root on European soil many centuries ago. Gooseberry bushes and hedges have been native to Northern Europe since the Middle Ages. Like regional and seasonal berries, hairy gooseberries are simply a part of summer. Depending on the variety, gooseberries, which belong to the currant genus, ripen from June to August.
Anyone who has ever slept through gooseberry season should get ready now. Germany is the world’s largest producer of gooseberries. Almost 50 percent of the world’s gooseberry production is produced here. The first batches of the delicious berries are already available in the weekly markets and supermarkets. Ripe berries are very sweet. They contain almost as much sugar as grapes. The different varieties can be recognized by their color. Typical are red or green gooseberries. The hard, thick peel of the berries is translucent, revealing the veined interior. And this is full of valuable nutrients. On average, 100 grams of gooseberries contain:
- Carbohydrates (8.5 grams)
- Potassium (200 milligrams)
- Calcium (30 milligrams)
- Magnesium (15 milligrams)
- Phosphorus (30 milligrams)
- Vitamin C (35 milligrams)
- Vitamin E (0.6 milligrams)
Gooseberries bring these health benefits
1. Fiber fills you and regulates digestion
With just 150 grams of gooseberries, you can get more than a quarter of the recommended daily fiber. Gooseberries fill you up quickly thanks to its high content of non-soluble plant fibers. Fiber swells in the stomach and other digestive tracts. Due to this increase in volume, the feeling of satiety sets in quickly. High-fiber foods such as gooseberries move more slowly through the digestive system, another reason for the long-lasting effect of satiety. Digestion is also stimulated. Because the increased volume of stool stimulates receptors and nerve cells in the inner walls of the intestine, which promote a natural rhythm of digestion and emptying.
2. Adjust the rise in blood sugar
Gooseberries can have a positive effect on stable blood sugar levels. The fiber it contains, such as pectin, slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. This avoids blood sugar spikes that inevitably lead to cravings when excess insulin is left in the blood. In one study, researchers were able to find that gooseberry extract may have an inhibitory effect on alpha-glucoside. The enzyme carries sugar from digested food in the intestine into the bloodstream. If it is inhibited, less sugar enters the blood. The blood sugar level remains stable.
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3. It can support brain health
Gooseberries are rich in antioxidant botanicals such as phenols, flavonoids and anthocyanins. These can protect blood vessels and nerve cells from oxidative stress and prevent the development of age-related degenerative diseases. Healthy acids such as citric, malic and tartaric acids appear to be particularly important for brain health. They are all found in gooseberries and, according to studies, can prevent the accumulation of iron in cells. High levels of cellular iron can increase the release of free radicals in the body. These aggressive oxygen compounds are believed to be responsible for degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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